When you think of the billions of images that are uploaded to the internet every year, you must sometimes wonder, whats the point?
However I do see why you may take photos of people in the moment and in situ. It's sometimes nice to have photos of yourself; because it shows you in your environment and places you in history, for whoever is going to see that photo. Which is another idea; who is going to see these photos? We take them now, without any regard as to how they will age in years to come. All of the photos we take on our mobile phones, are destined to end up on Facebook, but that's just a social media website. It's not set in stone. It can't last forever and what if the time comes where it's no longer needed?
Photos of the past were few in many, yes, but they were still preserved and kept throughout history. Is that the same for our digital images? The internet is a black hole and not everything that is uploaded, is set in stone. Files can be manipulated, misplaced, lost, corrupted.etc. We're so willing to give up everything to the cloud, that we forget that the absence of the psychical, turns us into mindless collectors. We just hoard digital files. Filling up our hard drives and uploading to the internet, in the name of collecting. And I don't particularly think there's a profound reason behind that, I just think it's one of humanities bad habits. Everything we do naturally, is not necessarily a good thing. It just means your mind wants to do it.
There's a photographer called Vivian Maier, who took photos of everyday life in America, around the 50's/ 60's. But she was never discovered until years after she died, when someone came across her collection of undeveloped film. The photos turned out to be documents of everyday scenarios during that time period. It's amazing to think how much meaning those photos had, despite at the time, it just seemed like a hobby. They were never shared or given to anybody. The gravity of the photos were even more so, because of the nature in which the were found. What if these were shared onto a platform at the time, with billions of other photographers in the 60's; would it have the same impact?
Whats our black hole going to look like in years to come? Maybe our collections will be replaced with new collections and the old ones will be lost forever.
I always find the most interesting photos, to be the most ordinary and natural. If they're staged in any way, they lose their point in time and will probably not age well..
Thats my thought for tonight. Anyway, back to work!